Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)

Deadline - U.S.A. (1952)





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An abundance of subplots are expertly woven together by screenwriter/director Richard Brooks in Deadline - USA. Humphrey Bogart stars as crusading editor Ed Hutcheson, whose newspaper is on the verge of closing thanks to the machinations of the mercenary daughter (Audrey Christie) of Mrs. Garrison (Ethel Barrymore), the paper's owner. Though he and his staff will all be out of work within a few days, Hutcheson intends to go out with a bang, exposing the criminal activities of "untouchable" gang boss Rienzi (Martin Gabel). Despite numerous disappointments and setbacks, Hutcheson achieves a pyrrhic victory as the film draws to a close. Throughout the story, the many pressures brought to bear upon a big-city newspaper--political, commercial, etc.--are realistically detailed, as is the relationship between Hutcheson and his ex-wife Nora (Kim Hunter). The cast of Deadline USA is uniformly excellent, from featured players Warren Stevens, Jim Backus, Paul Stewart Fay Baker and Ed Begley to such unbilled performers as Tom Browne Henry, Raymond Greenleaf, Tom Powers, and Kasia Orzazewski (essentially reprising her unforgettable characterization in Call Northside 777).
Rating: NR
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Richard Brooks
Written By: Richard Brooks
In Theaters: wide
20th Century Fox


Humphrey Bogart
as Ed Hutcheson
Ethel Barrymore
as Mrs. Garrison
Kim Hunter
as Nora
Warren Stevens
as Burrows
Paul Stewart
as Thompson
Martin Gabel
as Rienzi
Joe De Santis
as Schmidt
Joyce Mackenzie
as Kitty Garrison Geary
Audrey Christie
as Mrs. Willebrandt
Fay Baker
as Alice Garrison Courtney
Jim Backus
as Cleary
Selmar Jackson
as Williams
Selmer Jackson
as Williams
Fay Roope
as Judge
Parley Baer
as Headwaiter
Bette Francine
as Telephone Operator
John Doucette
as City news editor
June Eisner
as Bentley
Richard Monohan
as Copy Boy
Harry Tyler
as Headline writer
Joe Sawyer
as Whitey
Florence Shirley
as Barndollar
Kasia Orzazewski
as Mrs. Schmidt
Raymond Greenleaf
as Mr. White
Alex Gerry
as Attorney Prentiss
Irene Vernon
as Mrs. Burrows
William Forrest
as Mr. Greene
Edward Keane
as Mr. Blake
Clancy Cooper
as Capt. Finlay
Tom Powers
as Wharton
Howard Negley
as Police sergeant
Phillip Terry
as Lewis Schaefer
Joseph Mell
as Lugerman
Luther Crockett
as National editor
Joseph Crehan
as City editor
Lawrence Dobkin
as Lawyer Hansen
Everett Glass
as Doctor
Tudor Owen
as Watchman
Ann McCrea
as Sally
Harris Brown
as Al Murray
Richard Monahan
as Copy Boy
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A bit stereotyped at times (does the editor always have to be a bit jaded with a failed relationship in his past?), it's still a dandy film that captures the feel of an old-school big-city newsroom. And Bogie is Bogie, which is always a bonus.

Jim Trageser
Jim Trageser

Who's going to believe what a little tramp writes to herself? Ed Hutcheson is a newspaper editor that has spent his life making his newspaper amongst the best in the industry; however, when the newspaper owner dies, the family inheritors are split in terms of keeping it open versus closing it. Ed decides to go out with a bang by bringing down a local gangster through newspaper articles. Can Hutcheson save the paper by exposing the notorious gangster? "You're fired!" "But this paper's washed up." "That's your mistake." "But I've been here four years." "That's my mistake." Richard Brooks, director of Fever Pitch, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Battle Circus, Bite the Bullet, The Happy Ending, and Looking for Mr. Goodbar, delivers Deadline USA. The storyline for this picture is a mixture of A Streetcar Named Desire and Key Largo. The story combines how the newspaper industry affects society (similar to Street Car's union undertone) and the gangster genre (like Key Largo where Bogart tries to indirectly bring down the mob). The action scenes and script are both well delivered making the film worth following. "Any objections?" "Would it make any difference?" "None." "No objections." We continue to watch as many Humphrey Bogart pictures as we can find. I have been a fan of his since seeing his gangster pictures in the background of Home Alone. This movie has an impressive cast that included Bogart, Ethel Barrymore, Kim Hunter, and Warren Stevens. While the acting is solid, this isn't one of Bogart's best films. It is definitely fun to watch the movie unfold and is worth watching at least once. "For that a fella would catch a bullet in the head." "Would that bother you?" "No." Grade: C+/B- (6.5)

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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